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Review Pouvoirs dans la Caraïbe

Year: 2015 vol. 31 n. 1

Medeiros, Nuno. From Seashore to Seashore: The Cross-Atlantic Agenda of the Publisher António de Sousa Pinto. p. 84-93 Brasil
Industria editorial; António de Sousa Pinto
Siglo XX


During the whole of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century the transatlantic book trade was plainly asymmetrical, with Brazil seen by book vendors in Portugal as a natural extension of their market, destined to import books — a situation due largely to the incipient nature of Brazilian book production. However, the rapid development of the Brazilian printing and publishing industry in the first half of the twentieth century brought profound changes in the circulation of print material and in the traditional movements in the transatlantic book trade. Aware of those changes, some publishers and booksellers sought ways of expanding their businesses, by creating new openings for the circulation of books between the two countries. Taking the particular case of António de Sousa Pinto and his three Luso-Brazilian publishing ventures of the 1940s (Livros de Portugal, Edições Dois Mundos and Livros do Brasil), this article tries to understand the way publishers behaved in bringing together the two sides of the Atlantic closer together for the Lusophone book.

Melo, Cimara Valim de. Spatial Representation and Literary Mobility in Brazilian Fiction: Dialogues between Tatiana Salem Levy's A chave da casa and Michel Laub's A maçã envenenada. p. 107-123 Brasil
Literatura brasileña; novela; A chave da casa; Tatiana Salem Levy; A maçã envenenada; Michel Laub


This paper aims to investigate contemporary literature's dynamics in Brazil by looking into spatial practices within the novels A chave da casa (2007), by Tatiana Salem Levy, and A maçã envenenada (2013), by Michel Laub. Both authors — award-winning contemporary Brazilian novelists, marked by Jewish roots, and connected to different spatialities during their lives — are concerned with time and space movements alongside identity and memory within their literary experimentation processes. Thus, this paper analyses the dialogue between these selected works regarding space and time representation in order to understand their connections to the construction of identity. As a theoretical basis, Mikhail Bakhtin's, Gilles Deleuze's, and Zigmunt Bauman's thoughts on time and space are revisited. Space-time imagination has achieved worldwide coverage in contemporary Brazilian fiction: writers have constantly explored themes like transnational movements, migration and exile, representing transits all over the world and across national geographies. Therefore, examining Brazilian literature of the last decades has been a way of analysing new global cartographies through varied imagined peoples and identities.

Portuguese Studies
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